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MythTV 0.24 - some comments

I haven't tried MythTV yet, but I find that HandBrake works well for
DVD ripping. You could always rip the problem DVDs separately
and then import the resulting mp4 files into MythTV.

On Sun, Dec 5, 2010 at 8:16 PM, Rich Braun <richb-RBmg6HWzfGThzJAekONQAQ at> wrote:

> The newest version of MythTV came out on the 10th of November, and it has a
> lot of rewritten code along with Blu-ray support so I thought it'd be a big
> win.
> One major improvement I found is closed-captioning now looks like that of a
> regular TV (much better choices for fonts, meaninful contrast, longer
> on-screen time).
> In the couple weeks I've been using it, the software has not crashed except
> on
> a few of the DVD ISO images known to cause crashest in the past.
> Alas, I found that it didn't play my numerous problematic DVD ISO images
> any
> better than before despite "substantial rework, stabilization, and
> improvement
> of DVD playback," the MythNetVision installation still doesn't produce a
> usable result, and then I also discovered buried several screens down in
> the
> release notes that:
> "DVD Ripping Settings Screens - DVD import/riping support has been removed,
> so
> remove settings"
> Scanning for audio, as suggested in the release notes, didn't work
> automatically; settings from 0.23 didn't work and I had to fiddle with
> manual
> settings for 15 minutes before the speakers finally woke up.
> The feature that supposedly "automatically attempt[s] to grab all metadata
> for
> items as they are inserted into the library" doesn't work for me; I will
> have
> to do some debugging (with previous versions, you had to press Info and to
> download movie-descripton metadata from an online IMDB-like database).
> Thumbnails for scheduled recordings are no longer generated on my backend,
> something else I need to debug (might be the same problem, if there is a
> new
> path name for which I need to set appropriate permissions).
> This version seems to represent one of the biggest MythTV updates I've seen
> in
> the past 3 years; it's got some rough edges that I hope will get polished
> in
> 0.25.  The overall look has not yet been updated; it still looks more
> 2002-vintage Tivo than 2010-vintage Android O/S.  But those cosmetic things
> can be tweaked easily; the basic functionality of MythTV is really not
> found
> in any of the myriad systems whose functionality goals are comparable.
> I'll write a separate post looking for suggestions on DVD ISO generation
> and
> usage of MythNetvision.
> -rich
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